We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
After the loss to the Chiefs, Sunday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that he feared quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear. The severity of the injury was confirmed Monday. He injured the leg when staying inbounds at the end of the fourth quarter instead of stepping out. This means that San Francisco’s two high-priced offensive players have been lost for the season with ACL injuries. Jerick McKinnon was injured just a few weeks ago. The offense will take a step back under C.J. Beathard. Expect him to target tight end George Kittle often as the two played together at Iowa.
With the strong play of Baker Mayfield on Thursday night, attention quickly turned to Josh Rosen and why he had not seen the field over ineffective veteran Sam Bradford. When asked by the media last week, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said Josh Rosen will start "when the time is right." Keim went on to say, "Some guys have played too early and it has crippled their career … There are guys who have come in and had success right away. But usually it's a rocky road." Maybe the team was holding Rosen back because of the state of the offensive line. Rosen played in the second half in the loss against the Bears. Dynasty owners are interested to see if the rookie will live up to the hype. Will he get the start next week? Both Mayfield and Sam Darnold have shown promise and should start in Week 4. But, those teams have more talent around the youngsters. It has not been that long ago that saying the Cardinals had less talent than the Jets and Browns would be considered heresy, but this is well-recognized now. Arizona is lacking talent on both sides of the ball and the loss of coach Bruce Arians has only exasperated the issue. Bradford was benched against the Bears after three turnovers in a short period of time, but Rosen showed he still has room to grow. He entered the game with under five minutes to play and the Cardinals needing a comeback. What a tough spot for a rookie. On Monday, coach Steve Wilks announced that Rosen will start at quarterback going forward, beginning with the Week 4 matchup against Seattle. The offense desperately needs a spark.
After trading for the quarterback, it was no surprise to see coach Sean Payton call Teddy Bridgewater the Saints backup to Drew Brees. Payton had this to say about Bridgewater, "He's a quick study … I think right away, you can tell he got comfortable with what we're calling things, protections." Playing behind one of the more durable passers in NFL history, Bridgewater should be given time to learn the New Orleans system and be ready to lead the Saints offense if Brees misses action.
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